removal from water using a novel adsorbent

internship/thesis project; PFAS removal from water using a novel adsorbent: Performance studies and comparison with various commercial adsorbents and ion exchange materials

BSc/MSc internship/thesis

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have attracted significant interest due to their widespread occurrence in water bodies and their toxicity to humans. Adsorption and ion exchange are considered as effective treatment methods for meeting the stringent environmental and health standards related to PFAS. While various adsorbents and ion exchange resins demonstrate promising performance, there are several challenges that need to be addressed before large-scale implementation, including the use of organic solvents during regeneration, low adsorption selectivity towards other background organic contaminants, limiting the available adsorption sites.

Recently, the Zuilhof group of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry of Wageningen University (WUR) developed an adsorbent with high and specific affinity for PFAS. The adsorbent showed a high affinity for PFOA and PFOS and can be regenerated more than ten times. We would like to further test the performance of this adsorbent by performing tests to study its performance (kinetics, real-life [PFAS] reduction in dependence of the technology used, scope of captured PFAS, regenerability) and compare these with other adsorbents such as activated carbon and ion exchange materials such as anion exchange resins.

This project is part of the thesis project of a PhD student of WUR and Wetsus, Jesse Goed.


  • Background in Environmental/Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or equivalent.
  • Great interest in environmental issues.
  • Inquisitive mind-set and team-oriented approach to results
  • Fluent in English and good English writing skills.
  • Established hands-on laboratory and instrument analytical experience would be a plus.
  • Currently studying in the Netherlands or has citizenship from an EU country.


  • Collaborative interaction within a dynamic, multidisciplinary and multinationals research team between Wetsus and Wageningen University.
  • Contribute to solutions that are crucial to our society, namely to remove contaminants from water.
  • The allowance for students is €200. The student can apply for ‘Wetsus Grant’ allowance (€200 extra; an internal committee decides if the allowance will be granted*).
  • Students can apply for Erasmus grant; (if the Erasmus grant is less than €400, the student can apply for the Wetsus Grant).

*The Wetsus Grant allowance is not guaranteed and must be approved by the Grant Committee.

How to apply: Please upload your CV (max. 2 A4 pages), motivation letter (max. 1 A4 page) and a list of the attended courses and the equivalent ECTS via the application form provided (in English). Feel free to contact Amanda Larasati ( if you have further questions or need more information.

Application form: PFAS removal from water using a novel adsorbent:

Performance studies and comparison with various commercial adsorbents and ion exchange materials

  • Max. bestandsgrootte: 1 GB.
  • Max. bestandsgrootte: 1 GB.

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